Book Review: The Winter Garden


Freya Fuller is living her dream, working as a live-in gardener on a beautiful Suffolk estate. But when the owner dies, Freya finds herself forced out of her job and her home with nowhere to go. However, with luck on her side, she’s soon moving to Nightingale Square and helping to create a beautiful winter garden that will be open to the public in time for Christmas.

There’s a warm welcome from all in Nightingale Square, except from local artist Finn. No matter how hard the pair try, they just can’t get along, and working together to bring the winter garden to life quickly becomes a struggle for them both.

Will Freya and Finn be able to put their differences aside in time for Christmas? Or will the arrival of a face from Freya’s past send them all spiralling?


Freya recently had to deal with grieving for her employer and friend Eloise. When her relative Jackson arrives he decides to sell the place. I love a garden read! It’s what helped me get back into reading. There’s just something about reading about those using nature as a relaxing method, not that I garden myself.

Soon she finds herself in Norwich around a community of people. It was so obvious she was going to take this job but I didn’t like that she took so long to see that this was the next best opportunity for her. I enjoyed watching Freya flourish as a person. Of course, any novel with a dog is an added bonus.

It’s a good read however the main character can annoy me at times especially as she still frequently chats to her ex like it is casual especially when she is getting things on with a new man I found to be odd.

Overall, I enjoyed the community aspect of the novel and a sense of fullness during the winter season especially as the focus. Having judgemental parents can be very relatable so I enjoyed seeing how some characters deal with it. I loved how Freya judged Chloe at the start and the way the novel shifts dynamics as it progresses. It was very interesting to watch her grow in a new town and to be apart of the community. It was a very warm cosy feel good type of read and I will definitely be adding Swain to my authors list to look at her other pieces of work after I attempt my TBR pile!

It’s not often I give 5 star reviews so here’s to a good 2022!

5/5 Stars


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